Ralph and Carolyn Huffman have the biggest backyard in Washougal, and they don’t mind sharing it with tens of thousands of racing fans around the world.
Since the 1970s, the Washougal Motocross Park has attracted thrill seekers on wheels with its hairpin turns, hang time jumps and breathtaking scenery. Forty years later, the community support and the international flavor for this iconic landmark near the Washougal River continues to grow.
“A lot of riders say there’s not a more beautiful track on the circuit,” said track manager Ryan Huffman, son of Ralph and Carolyn. “We are grateful for our loyal following of fans, riders and their families who travel from all parts of the globe to spend the whole week out here with us.
“It’s a pretty cool thing to watch the crowd gradually grow,” he added. “On the day before the race, I’ll look around and be just totally blown away by all the people who are already here. It’s pretty gratifying to see so many people here for a race at your place.”
Gates open 10 a.m. Wednesday for the 2011 Lucas Oil American Motocross Association Washougal National. Amateurs get a crack at the fresh soil Thursday and Friday, before the pros tear it up Saturday. Camping for one to three nights is $60, and parking is $5. Saturday only admission is $40, and parking is free. Racing on Saturday begins at 1 p.m.